Splish Splash

Author: Cathleen

Nominator: Pearl Took

2009 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Childhood

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Eglatine Took has her hands full with her muddy lad, who is resistant to taking a bath. But clever cousin Bilbo finds a way to turn the tables and afterward, Pippin simply can't get enough baths!

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Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 5

This little story was written at my own request, and Cathleen really delivered with this delightful bit of rather damp fluff! *Very big grin!* I had asked her once how Pippin came to stop hating and learned to love his bath-- because clearly by the time of the Quest he enjoyed it very much-- and she came up with this charming idea. When bathtime comes on the farm at Whitwell, a mud-covered figure makes a beeline in the opposite direction. But now, after a visit to Bag End, they can't keep him OUT of the bathtub! What was Cousin Bilbo's secret? It's very funny and sweet, and I love Bilbo in this!

Reviewed by: Pearl Took  ✧  Score: 4

A wonderfully clean and refreshing story about Pippin learning a very special song. Like most little lads, Pippin likes to get muddy but doesn't like his baths. And of course Tulip gets to go along for all the muddy fun and dreaded cleanup. But a visit to Bag End changes everything when that clever old hobbit, Cousin Bilbo Baggins teaches Pippin a song he will never forget. The only problem now will be keeping the lad out of the tub! Another adorable Pippin and Tulip tale!

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

Well, as we ARE speaking of Peregrin Took as a child, it appears that a certain amount of mud, sticky jam, and much needed bathing is undoubtedly required. However, when the lad appears to think he does NOT need to be eternally immersed in soapy water, how to get the child clean? Trust the wisdom and ingenuity of Bilbo Baggins to find an answer! Again, delightful!

Reviewed by: Antane  ✧  Score: 3

What an adorable story! Love especially that we know now the origin of Pippin's love for water and that bathing song we hear at Crickhollow and why he acts the way he acts and all that. I love that scene in the Red Book. What a turnaround from hating baths to not being able to get enough of them!